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Hair for Men? Preying on Men’s Insecurities

Most of the time, society doesn’t pay much attention to men’s insecurities. Where there are dozens of magazines devoted to women and helping them feel better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) about themselves, there are very few men’s magazines.

What you’ll find men’s magazines is similar to what you find in magazines targeted to women — products or services to help them feel better about themselves. For women, that magic bullet is always about losing weight.

For men, the magic bullet is a little bit different. It’s about losing their hair.

Here’s what over $12,000 buys a man for a hair loss treatment. If you take out your magnifying glass, you may spot the difference.

Men are just as vulnerable to self-image and self-esteem advertising as women are. It just usually isn’t targeted at their beer gut, but their balding head of hair.

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Hair for Men? Preying on Men’s Insecurities

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  1. John – The pictures you show of hair transplant procedures are possibly the worst I’ve ever seen. Did you purposely choose ones that make men who get this look dumb and insecure? Visit site and click “results” to see some really stunning pictures.

    I am 30 with a receding hair line and thinning, had a hair transplant procedure (not with Bosley), cost $3,000, and it was one of the best things I’ve done for myself at the cost of a cruise. Yes, there are insecurities involved for men and women in balding, but as a psychologist especially I’m surprised you’re making a simple straw man out of why people might do what they do.

    For the other readers out there…from someone who has done it, don’t listen to John here who usually has more intelligent posts. If it makes you feel good and you have the money, find a great plastic surgeon and go do it (Bosley is pricey). It’s easy, fun, lasts a lifetime, it’s your own hair, and was totally worth it for me.

    • These are from a blog sponsored by Bosley (see the link at the end of the article). I’m not sure why Bosley would sponsor a blog like this if they didn’t think these results were typical?

      As for my opinion about hair transplant surgeries — that’s all it is, my opinion.

      But just like fad diets, diet pills, and diet supplements are all meant to appeal to women’s self-esteem insecurities, so do these kinds of surgeries.

      I have no problem with, “Do it if it makes you feel better.” I do have a problem with the unrealistic expectations many of these services suggest to potential customers. Hence the reason I thought it interesting to point out a Bosley-sponsored blog that actually is a direct counterpoint to

  2. The last two guys look significantly better. The first, not so much.

    I would say that on the whole, people who undergo elective cosmetic procedures are very satisfied with their results. On the whole, they tend to make people look better.

  3. I am not sure that the photos are representative of all hair replacement results.

    I do not that I don’t have a lot of hair and that it’s so thin I am not even a candidate for hair replacement treatment. I’ve also noticed that people look down at me and I believe being bald is part of it. Women and society in general favors men with hair. No question. I would be treated much better if I had more hair on my head.

    And, it’s not only the hair on your head that matters. It’s also the hair on other parts of your body. Back hair is a BIG turnoff for lots of people. Too much body hair is seen as unattractive. And this belief system seems to be growing.

  4. If this treatment helps lift their self-esteem and self-image then to them it might be well worth the money they spend on it. Maybe it made them more secure about themselves.



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